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Cracking The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams classic showcases BU students, faculty

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Click on the slide show above to hear Jim Petosa, director of the CFA school of theatre, talk about The Glass Menagerie, the inaugural production of the Boston Center for American Performance.

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ classic 1944 play about memory, illusion, and escape, has launched the inaugural season of the College of Fine Arts Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP). The initiative is aimed at fostering interaction between performing arts professionals and CFA.

The production, which features a cast, crew, and design team of BU faculty and students, opened on October 15 and ends with a five-performance stretch beginning Thursday, October 30, at the CFA Theatre Lab.

Jim Petosa, director of the school of theatre, directs the play, which follows the loosely autobiographical tale of a fragile Southern family abandoned by their patriarch. “We wanted to find a play that we considered to be quintessentially American,” Petosa says, “a play that still spoke to us in our time today.”

The second production of BCAP’s inaugural season, Doug Wright’s one-man play I Am My Own Wife, will run from April 22 to May 10, 2009.

The Glass Menagerie is playing Thursday, October 30, through Sunday, November 2, at the CFA Theatre Lab, 855 Commonwealth Ave. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, which are $20 for the public and $10 for the BU community, senior citizens, Huntington Theatre Company subscribers, and groups, will be available at the door for cash only. To purchase tickets by credit or debit credit, call the box office at 617-933-8600 or go online at least two hours before the show.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

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